Just in case it helps and encourages anyone. Here’s my experience
1 - I had a std one fitted post open prostatectomy op.
2 - I hated every minute of it, BUT understood how absolutely necessary it was. I was also very self conscious of it when in company even though it was very discreet and when I was wearing my joggers it was well concealed.
3 - I developed a ‘tap the bag’ routine just to check how full it was. I actually kept doing this even after it was removed as it had become a habit.
4 - HERE’S SOME POSITIVE NEWS: I was dreading having it removed and thought it would be very painful. It was not, it was very quick AND BEST OF ALL it was removed just 7 DAYS POST OP AND I was able to control my bladder IMMEDIATELY. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for this, I give thanks every time I pee now!! I only had to wear pads more as a precaution really for a couple of weeks just to stop the odd drip. During this time I had one accident while asleep.
Hope this helps someone.
PS: I did pelvic floors regularly a week pre-op and then for 10 weeks after the catheter was removed. I used the ‘NHS SQUEEZY APP’ on my iPhone and it was brilliant!!!